President of the San Juan Business Association (SJBA) Vivek Charran says he is relieved the government did not implement a full lockdown, but is concerned the business community is being made to bear the burden of the actions of some irresponsible citizens.
Speaking with Newsday in response to stricter public health measures, Charran said he hoped they remain in place no longer than May 23, as some businesses were in dire need of income.
He said while some action was necessary, he felt some businesses in the service industry, particularly spas, hair salons and barbershops, would be particularly affected by the renewed restrictions.
"The truth is the spas and beauty parlours where people will normally go to get their hair done and so on have been struggling to get customers. There hasn't been any Carnival or events for over a year now, so they won't be getting as many customers as they used to. They are just barely making ends meet.
"So I felt as if the government could have let them stay open if even only by appointments only.
"Businesses shouldn't be made the scapegoat for people not obeying the public health regulations, because up to now we still have problems with people in gathering in large numbers and not wearing masks."
Charran said he hoped that in addition to the restrictions that the government would also try to source more doses of the covid19 vaccine to boost its vaccination drive.